Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender oil is processed mainly from the flowers of the lavender plant. This oil has been used for centuries in aromatherapy and perfume making. It comes from the Latin word Lavare, which means “to wash”, due to its aroma which has a particularly clean aroma. It blends well with other essential oils such as sage, geranium, nutmeg and cedar wood. Lavender essential oil can be used by adding a few drops to the bath, mixing it into lotion or massage products, or applying it directly to the scalp or massaging into the joints for pain relief.
ACNE and SKIN CARE
Considered by the skin experts as one of the most beneficial oils for acne, lavender essential oil prevents the bacteria, that causes the initial infection, from forming and regulates the over secretion of sebum. It also does a good job of reducing the signs of scarring after the acne starts to heal. Lavender is also used to treat wrinkles, psoriasis, and other inflammatory conditions and is commonly used to speed up the healing process of wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns because it improves the formation of scar tissues. Lavender oil is also added to chamomile to treat eczema.
Lavender essential oil is useful for hair care and is good for all hair types. Furthermore, lavender essential oil has also been shown to be very helpful in the treatment of hair loss, particularly for persons who suffer from alopecia, an autoimmune disease where the body rejects its own hair follicles. It is a good treatment for dandruff and itching, helpful in controlling hair breakage and improving hair growth. A Scottish study reported that more than 40% of alopecia patients in the study reported an increase in hair growth when they regularly rubbed lavender essential oil into their scalp. Daily massage with lavender oil has proven to help significant re-growth and gives you the results in a few months. Therefore, lavender oil is sometimes recommended as a preventative measure for male pattern baldness! Lavender oil blends well with many other essential oils including jojoba, rosemary and tea tree oils.
Lavender essential oil is also good for improving the circulation of blood in the body. It also lowers blood pressure and is often used for hypertension. This means that not only do the organs increase their levels of oxygenation, promoting muscle strength and health, but brain activity can have a noticeable boost, skin remains bright and flushed with blood, and the body is protected from the risks of heart attack and atherosclerosis that is often associated with poor circulation. Additionally the application or inhalation of lavender essential oil can prevent some of their serious risks of low circulation, which can lead to dangerous or even fatal complications.
Regular use of lavender essential oil provides resistance to a variety of diseases. It’s anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties makes it an excellent defense against certain types of diseases.
The smell of lavender essential oil repels insects such as mosquitoes which is a major issue here in Jamaica. Apply some of the lavender oil on the exposed skin when outside to prevent these irritating bites. Furthermore, if you happen to be bitten by a mosquito or a moth, the lavender essential oil has anti-inflammatory qualities that will reduce the irritation and the pain associated with insect bites.
Lavender’s strong aroma and calming scent makes it an excellent tonic for the nerves and has a soothing effect on those who suffer from stress, anxiety and mental illness. A wonderful treatment for insomnia and heart rate regulation, this oil showed remarkable results when used to replace modem medicine for patients suffering from sleeping disorders. A few drops on your pillow will work wonders for restful sleep.
To relieve tired, sore and aching muscles massage the affected area; also great for backache, sprains, and muscle tension.
Lavender essential oil is good for urinary disorders because it stimulates urine production and restores hormonal balance in the bladder.
Lavender oils should not be used directly in women who are pregnant or currently breastfeeding, diabetics, persons with unusual skin sensitivity. Excessive use can result in nausea, vomiting and headaches. It should never be ingested.